WASHINGTON (AP) - Although he's emphasizing the Republican ideas he's including, President Barack Obama isn't winning any new GOP support for the revised health care reform plan he's outlining today.
Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa has pushed for higher Medicaid payments to doctors -- an idea that is now being embraced by Obama. But Grassley says that won't change his vote. He's still opposed to much of what Obama wants to do.
Instead of bringing Republican votes, Obama's decision to include some ideas with Republican roots may instead solidify the support of some Democratic moderates.
One of them, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, says he's glad to see Obama "working with Republicans and trying to find common ground."
Democratic leaders hope to muscle the overhaul package through Congress by month's end or sooner, amid what is expected to be unanimous Republican opposition.